Marc-Antoine Côté studied at the École de sculpture de Québec in 2001. He is co-founder of Coop Le Bloc 5, a Limoilou-based artisanal producer’s cooperative represented by Les Galeries Bac in Montreal, St-Laurent Hill, in Ottawa, and Michel Guimont, in Quebec. He has taken part in several individual exhibitions in these towns and in Toronto, as well as in several collective exhibitions. His artwork can be seen in several Quebec cities, where his projects have been selected within the context of the Quebec program for the integration of the arts into architecture.
Marc-Antoine Côté creates monumental abstract sculptures that dazzle the viewer and provide context to reflect on their experience of the physical world. Côté’s abstract sculptures take on an otherworldly quality—quiet, yet foreboding.
Côté studied sculpture at La maison des métiers d’arts de Québec. He works primarily in bronze, aluminum and steel to create 3D artworks. Marc-Antoine Côté currently lives and works in Quebec City.
He has been awarded several grants.
Monumental in scale, Marc-Antoine Côté’s sculpture Montre-moi par où on commence. Dis-le-moi au creux de l’oreille complicates the industrial connotations of its aluminum surface through its handmade, organic form. Situated at the Front Entrance – Applied Science Hub, the sculpture’s form shifts in the reflection of the hub’s windows and mirrors its surroundings upon its undulating surfaces. The palette of the piece changes with the time of day and season.
Côté designed the piece with changing perspectives in mind – both from the physical point of view of observers and their state of mind during different encounters with the work. A cavity at the base invites people to come inside the artwork for a personal, tactile experience. It offers an alternate view of the form from within. Large openings at the top of the sculpture allow light to fall into the interior in many directions, creating patterns visible across the striated surface.